Mary E. Eddie (Greenwell) Hefron

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Mary E. "Eddie" (Greenwell) Hefron

September 26, 1930 - January 02, 2019

Mary E. Eddie (Greenwell) Hefron Newburyport, MA - Mary “Eddie” E.  (Greenwell) Hefron, age 88, of Newburyport, passed peacefully in her sleep, Wednesday evening, January 2, 2019, exactly the way she had hoped it would be.
Mary Edna Hefron was blessed with a long and meaningful life, which she engaged and enjoyed to the fullest.
She was born on September 26, 1930 to a large farming family in Curdsville, Kentucky. One of eight children of the late Clement and Elsie Greenwell, she lived on the family farm in rural Kentucky until Nursing School and the Army Nurse Corps carried her into other worlds. She met and married her husband while in the army in Oklahoma. After discharge in 1954, they relocated to New England where they raised their family. No matter where she lived, however, her farming history and Kentucky roots were always at the core of her being and were the source of the integrity, strength, practicality, loyalty, love and faith that she brought to every day and everyone.
Throughout her life she was known by many names: Mary, Edna, Mary Edna, Toots, Eddie, Mom, Ma, and Gram or Grammy. She had the good fortune of being cast in many staring roles during her well-lived life: wife, mother, friend, nurse (an RN for 50 years!), sister, daughter, co-worker, neighbor, grandmother/ great-grandmother, and Roman Catholic. She loved and appreciated each of these roles and performed them all with sincerity, intelligence, integrity, passion and compassion. She was a loyal wife, a devoted sister and daughter, a trusted and valued co-worker, a good neighbor, a beloved gram, a faithful Catholic and a true friend. The adjectives that would describe her two favorite roles - Mother and Nurse - are too numerous to list but they consist of all the best words and are superlatives. Nurse and Mother were the very essence of her being and the gift she gave without hesitation or reservation to the world. Many are the stories of her healing advice and nurturing, soothing embrace.
Mary Edna Hefron lived with zest. She loved fiercely, worked hard, played joyfully, taught earnestly, and cared deeply. She was loyal, reliable and generous. There was little she enjoyed more than a good joke (except maybe a winning scratch ticket). She was stubborn and strong willed and at the same time tender, thoughtful and kind. Everyone has stories of her doing exactly what they needed at exactly the right time.
Mary Edna’s living faith and love for God are her crowning achievement. She daily offered roses to the blessed mother gracing a small altar in her room and prayers and rosaries throughout each day for the well-being of her loved ones and the world. Spirituality informed every aspect of her existence and on the strong wings of Spirit she flew quietly and safely out of this world into the arms of God. Welcome home Gram!
She is survived by a son, Michael J. Hefron and wife Karen of Waxhaw, NC; two daughters, Rita K. Heron and Marian E. Hefron both of Newburyport; seven grandchildren, Heather Smith, Anna, Elizabeth, Katie, Michael, Matthew, and Brinn Hefron; two great-grandchildren, Kira and Zachary; a sister, Rita Ridgway; companion Joseph Cote of Newburyport along with extended family, dear friends, and her faithful K-9 companion, Lola. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her beloved husband, Joseph F. Hefron, Jr.; a son, Paul E. Hefron; five brothers and a sister, Larry “Bucky” Greenwell, Joe Glenn Greenwell, Hank Greenwell, Clement T. “Tink” Greenwell, William Otto, and Claudia Thurman.
Visiting hours will be Sunday, January 6, 2018 from 4 to 8 p.m at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport. A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, January 7, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Star of the Sea Parish, Beach Road, Salisbury with a luncheon at Loretta’s in Newburyport to follow. Burial in the Veteran’s Section of Old Hill Cemetery, Newburyport, will be in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Star of the Sea Parish, 11 School Street, Amesbury, MA 01913.
Published on January 5, 2019
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Sarah George
Jan 14, 2019
This is beautifully and thoughtfully written. Much love to you and your family. May we all cross so peacefully and be remembered so lovingly.
Mickey McDonald
Jan 09, 2019
What a wonderful fun friend. I thought of her today as I was watching a tennis game on TV. I'll miss her.
Janise Cashman
Jan 07, 2019
To Eddy's family, Some of you I know in person, others only by conversation, but your Mother i knew for over 50 years. She was a teacher,, mentor and friend. We had lunch last summer and when i took her home, we sat and talked for an hour in the driveway, I have to smile as I think of her, we have lost her but heaven gained a true angel. My sincerest condolences, as I unable to attend any services due to recent surgery. Please blow her a kiss from me.
Ronald" Wolfie" Simmons
Jan 07, 2019
Dear Mike , Marian, Kathy and family, I wanted to say that i'm sorry for the loss of your mom. I m sorry i could not be by your side. I want to share with you my deepest heart felt feelings and words for your mom and your family. In life we are blessed to have someone who reaches out to help a stray dog or wolf in my case. I was struggling with my own stubborn and adolescence attitude. My dad and i got in a fight and i got kicked out of his home. You guys took me in. I was introduced to love , God and family who also showed you cared in words and deeds and affection. Your mom set the tone and guided me. your mom also understood what we needed to stay out of trouble and provided a teen spot t...o hang out. The years have gone by and the feelings i have for your mom have never gone away. No, matter fact i feel very blessed that the lord used your mom and her loving family to be a light for me like Jesus. Her example and yours too i will be forever grateful. I remember the warm, loving hugs, words , support, faith, compassion and humor and that your mom gave to us.She supported all of us right up to the day the lord took her home . I'm so happy she is with our lord and we will all see her again and live together forever. love you all Wolfie If you want to talk and share with me stories of your mom or need a loving ear, i would love that. wolfie simmons 207649-8265Read more
Anne Marie Milliken
Jan 06, 2019
I knew Eddie through My mom, Ruth Charron, and at the hairdressers. She was a wonderful woman. She will be missed by her family
Jan 06, 2019
Dear Rita,
What a beautiful loving tribute to your mom. Your love for her and your family showed through last night at the special meditation service. Your heart was just over following with love and remembersance of all her amazing qualities and gifts..
Love and prayers
Carol Ramsey
Jan 05, 2019
Dearest Rita and Marian,
Please know my love is with you and the rest of your family in this time of transition.
You know how dearly she loves you
You know her wisdom and humor will always be with you, and all of us who were fortunate enough to call her friend.
She shared fearlessly
Always delivered with love and humor, her opinions could be heard and used.
I will never forget her true and spontaneous laugh.
I will deeply miss her even though I know her spirit continues to beam love at us.

Please know my love and energy will be there this weekend and you will always be in my heart.
Carol Ramsey, Lenox, MA